Mumbai: After scoring a double century in his debut match in test format, India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal said preparing for long hours has improved his game.
Mayank also said that he is extremely happy to contribute to the team and added that being part of a winning outfit is a privilege.
“I am very happy that I was able to contribute to the team. It is a privilege to be a part of a side that won matches and tournaments and I am happy to be a part of the team. After crossing the 100 milestones, eased my nerves and being out there for a long time in the middle gave me confidence.”
“I was determined to take away the loose balls. You can’t think about what will happen if you don’t score runs, you just have to be clear in your thought process. As an opener, you have to be yourself. Gotta set the tone. The team, “he said.
Agarwal also gave information on how he used to prepare when he was not part of the Indian squad.
“You have to adjust a bit when you play in different situations. For me, long-distance running has helped me. When I was training, I made sure I bat for five-six hours.”
Preparing for long hours has helped me in improving my game,” Agarwal said.
Aggarwal opened the first opening with Rohit Sharma, a 317-run pair for the first wicket. He praised the compartment shown to Sharma in his first innings as a Test opener.
“It was good that we were able to manipulate the field. We just tried to find more ways to score more runs. For him, getting such a big score is tremendous. The way we all played and our We progressed the innings very much and we all enjoyed it. Aggarwal said, “It was great to play with him. It’s great to have a 300-run partnership. “
His remarks came after the close of play on day two of the first Test match between India and South Africa. India declared their innings at 502/7, owing to Agarwal’s knock of 215 runs and in response, South Africa ended the day at 39/3.
South Africa will resume day three of the first Test at 39/3, still trailing India by 463 runs.